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Douglas Miller, MFA, is the Associate Professor of Cinematic Arts at the Zaki Gordon Center at Liberty University. His resume includes film and network television with productions ranging from soap operas and commercials to PBS documentaries and special events. Professor Miller has worked his way up in the industry...
Recently, I was excited to discover that one of my favorite TV miniseries from the 80’s was coming out on DVD. But when I played it, I couldn’t get over how bad the color was. No doubt the film stock had faded over the years before it was digitized,...
You don’t always have the luxury of filming in an area where there are windows. Sometimes you have to film on sets where there are no windows at all, but the project you are working on calls for some positive and upbeat window light.How do you create window light...
 In this article I will share with you the KISS method — or Keep It Simple Stupid — as it pertains to various aspects of lighting, and how you can still get professional results with minimal setup, and without any high-quality equipment.Top-notch equipment doesn’t necessarily guarantee a top-notch end...
One of the most important things to know about a Fresnel light is how to pronounce it. There are few quicker ways at being labeled a “newb” (newbie, novice or newcomer) in a photo/video store or on a film set than by mispronouncing the light as a FRAZ-nel. It’s...
To understand contrast ratio or lighting ratio, you need to pay attention to the way your favorite TV shows and films are lit. In most cases, the elements of lighting disappear into the background. Unless you’re truly paying attention or have a trained eye, you might not notice the...
Key grips and their teams are basically the Tim Taylors of the movie making process. Grips have trucks full of wood and metal to construct whatever is needed to get the shot. Filmmakers are notorious for their DIY mentality, whether it’s auteurs like Robert Rodriguez, who relentlessly work to...
If you try to bang a nail into wood using the claw side of the hammer’s head, you won’t get good results. It’s also not ideal to hold the handle of the hammer towards the head, but rather towards the bottom. Knowing how to use your tool is more...
 As filmmakers, we’re storytellers. Through our lenses, we unfold the chronicles of the human experience. Whether we are taking the viewer on a fictional journey in a narrative feature or a real life experience through a documentary, it is our job to make the viewer feel something —hopefully many...
Lights, Camera, Action — “Wait, but we don’t have the lights! How can you have camera and action without lights?!” Well, if you don’t have the budget for expensive hollywood lights or an Oscar winning cinematographer, not to worry. We’re going to go over some ways to use practical...